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Robin Robinson - Citizen Columnist

Final day for luscious lunch, tasty tarts

Yummy cakes, mouth-watering muffins, tasty tarts, delicious pastries, luscious lunch are waiting for you Saturday, Nov. 17, at the Art and Plant Sale at West Martello Fort, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. It’s not too late to garner a chocolate brownie snack or to get a whole lip-smacking cake to take home while wandering[…]

Make your landscape hurricane-proof

The recent anniversary of Hurricane Irma and threats of new storms this year give occasion to review how to prepare for the next storm and how to make cleanup and recovery easier. The best strategy to achieve a hurricane-proof landscape is to make sure your plants are healthy and correctly pruned on a regular basis.[…]

Look up! Migrating raptors are aloft

Just like most of us, the raptors have migrated from the cool north to the south. The migration routes funnel them through the Keys, where they fatten up before making the water crossing to Cuba. Key West is the last feeding stop where they munch on the myriads of traveling warblers. Key West’s canopy is[…]

Truck farming in Midtown Key West

“My mother was from New York when she moved to Key West and decided, along with a few friends, that she wanted to create a vegetable garden,” Kathryn DePoo told the attendees at the Key West Garden Club’s October meeting. “People told her that it was impossible to garden in Key West. She made it[…]

Coontie — a favored flour that failed

Before Columbus, before the Native Americans, before humans existed on the Earth, coontie was burying its fat tuberous root into the sandy soil. This living fossil was a dominant form of flora during the age of dinosaurs. Hernando de Escalante Fontaneda, who was shipwrecked in 1545 when he was 13 and lived with the Calusa[…]

Keys perfect for growing a grove of guava

The guava fruit tree probably originated in Southern Mexico or South America, but it has traveled the world and now is grown in almost every temperate zone, including the Galapagos Islands, where it is invasive. It is perfectly suited for the Keys’ climate. It cannot take a frost, likes well-drained soil, enjoys a winter drought,[…]